The long, rich history and culture of Alaska Natives is fundamental to what makes Alaska the unique and proud state that it is. The Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian peoples constitute 22% of Southeast Alaska's population and are an important part of what gives our region its rich heritage and diversity.
The Legislature is playing an active role in cultural preservation. During the past several years I've helped secure funding for repairs to the Alaska Native Brotherhood (ANB) Halls and reconstruction of the Chief Shakes Tribal House in Wrangell.
Through management of fish and game resources; rural health and education improvements; and increased economic opportunities, the Legislature can play an important role in helping Alaska Natives preserve their way of life and prosper into the future. I look forward to continuing to work with regional and village corporations, and tribal organizations to further the interests of Alaska Native peoples in the Southeast region and throughout the state.